Kyrie Irving is adding fuel to the fire.
On Monday morning, the Celtics point guard was a guest on ESPN's First Take.
Stephen A. Smith: "Did you speak to LeBron James or talk to LeBron James before you and your representatives met with ownership and let them know that you wanted out?"
Smith: "Why not?"
Kyrie: "Why would I have to?"
Smith: "If you don't speak to somebody about it, they might take it personally."
Smith: "Do you care about that at all?"
On July 7, Irving met with Cavs' management and requested a trade.
This news did not surface until July 21.
Why did Kyrie want out? One of the reasons -- he did not want to play with LeBron James anymore, according to multiple reports.
On Friday night, LeBron tweeted:
Man this the coldest trailer I've ever seen for a sports game in history! Got me hype to not only play the game but actually hoop real life! https://t.co/Yzf1AnVklG
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 16, 2017
If you watch the video, you will see that Kyrie is prominently featured.
LeBron and Kyrie face off on Opening Night, Oct. 17...
— First Take (@FirstTake) September 18, 2017
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller